The 2013-2014 season kicked off last Saturday as the Bombers traveled down the Memphis to take on the Memphis Blues. In typical rugby fashion it just happened to be one of the hottest days with temps well into the 90s. Not in typical rugby fashion was that this match would count as a League match for the Bombers, but not for Memphis. Reason – since the unions changed, our conference lost a team and did not pick up a new team to replace the one that left, so a “Friendly” game must be considered a League match.
Despite the hot weather the Bombers turned up the heat as well leading 36-12 at half. JP set the tone with a big hit and drive of a short arm penalty early in the game. The new scrum cadence seemed to cause some issues but strength and technique would still win the scrums.
Nine different Bombers, including three new members to the team, would score a try. Joe Auger would score three tries himself and Chris Bellavia would go 7 for 11 on conversions!
The heat was taking its toll on both teams as exhaustion was setting in. Memphis was deep in the Bombers end hammering away, but a strong defensive line kept Memphis out of the try zone all second half.
The Bombers would go onto win 69-12 in the first league match of the season.
The next match is the home opener for the Bombers. The DIII side will face SMRFC in their first league match at Lucier Park. Kick-off is at 1pm, Saturday September 14th. Come on out, bring the family, friends, dogs, and enjoy some good Bombers Rugby!
There will be a field clean up and setup early Saturday to get it ready for the season, all players must attend!
*Tyler Masters did not go to Memphis